Learn How to Make Hush Puppies with Jiffy Mix

Written by Luisa Davis on . Posted in food

Before introducing the delicious Jiffy Hush Puppy Recipe let us discuss the origin of the Hush Puppies. Having a crispy twist to the ordinary meal is always a delight. A light fried snack is always loved in every household and at every dinner table. From snacks to side dishes and party meal, certain food items have become an integral part of our daily cuisine. Hush puppies are one such example. The taste and flavor of these cornmeal bites are twice as inspiring and inviting than their name.

They put our search for quick and easy side recipe to an end. This is the reason that they are gaining much of the popularity as the staple for every other region. Moreover, besides the basic ingredients, you can get to adjust the seasonings as per the desired taste and flavor. And if you are new to the idea of hush puppies, not familiar with the related recipe and wanted to try that one perfect combination of ingredients for you and your family, then this article is here for you.

Looking to learn how to make hush puppies with jiffy mix?

This article revolves around this core idea. The entire length of this article discusses the basics of the hush puppies, how they came to use, what they are made up of and the required list of ingredients.

What are Hush Puppies?

To define hush puppies in simple terms, they are deep fried small savory cornmeal balls which can be served as snacks, appetizers, after meal snack, side dishes along with BBQ food and so on. They are made out of a cornmeal batter and then fried in hot oil until golden brown. This gives these balls a crispy texture from the inside out.

The use of hush puppies’ dates back to the late 1800s when the cooks, fisherman or hunters used these fried balls to hush their dogs and puppies. Hence the name Hush puppies came to on the rise.

Some people relate their use during the Civil war in the US. No matter what their past was, now they are served at every other nook and corner of the country whether at homes or at restaurants because of their fine taste and appealing aroma.

Since the early use of hush puppies, their recipe has been greatly modified through the introduction of various tempting ingredients and adjustment of fine seasoning. It is not a mere cornbread but fried bites with crispier and crunchier texture.

Cornmeal is obtained out of dried corn or maize. It contains carbohydrates as its essential macronutrient along with 10 percent fats and some proteins and fibers. It is a great source of vitamin B 6, iron and vitamin A.

What are Hush Puppies Made of?

Well, the basic recipe of Hush puppies requires certain ingredients in proportion. These include:

  1. Eggs
  2. Wheat flour
  3. Salt
  4. Milk or buttermilk
  5. Baking soda

Cornmeal here serves as the basic medium for its batter whereas eggs are there for binding, salt is for seasoning, milk is to maintain the consistency and baking soda helps the balls to get a fuller touch.

Using this basic recipe as a guide, you can also add different ingredients to prepare variants of hush puppies like adding chopped onion, garlic, kernel corn, spring onion and peppers of your choice.

Once you prepare the basic batter simply fold in any of these ingredients and then fry spoon by spoon. Serve warm or as desired. Make sure to absorb all the excess oil using paper towels. If you are serving them as a snack, try these with tomato sauce or cheese dips for best taste and flavor.

Recipe for Hush Puppies with Jiffy Mix

Now making hush puppies at home has become an easy and delightful experience since you get to use readymade cornmeal mix to make these fried balls. Jiffy mix is one good mixture to make hush puppies at home. Jiffy has earned the trust and confidence of the customers due to its mild and perfect flavor.

Jiffy Mix

This Chelsea based milling company has been producing baking mixes since the 1930s and maintained its repute through the fine quality of its products. The original jiffy mix cornmeal box has a logo in blue and can be identified with the Mabel White Holmes label.

When it comes to hush puppies, jiffy mix cornmeal mixture serves as the shortcut to get the perfect taste and texture. Using this mixture, you can both fry the batter or bake it for lighter feel and taste. Jiffy mix ensures proper milling of the maize and the fine product is passed through various checks to maintain quality and taste as the company is famously known for.

Hush Puppies Recipe

  • Servings: 12
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt to taste
  • Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
  • Red chili powder (optional)

Additional ingredients:

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1 spring onion, chopped

How to Make:

  1. To start with get yourself a Jiffy corn muffin mix packet.
  2. Once package can be used to make about 24 to 28 hush puppies which can be fried in batches.
  3. Add Jiffy mix to a large bowl along with half cup of the all-purpose
  4. Now whisk in one egg and 1/3 cup of milk to the dry mixture.
  5. Add a dash of salt or spices like cayenne pepper or chili powder according to the desired taste and mix well.
  6. If you are up for extra ingredients, go for chopped onions, or jalapenos, bell peppers and garlic.
  7. Mix gently until well combined.
  8. Refrigerate the batter for about 10 to 15 minutes so that it gets firm.
  9. Meanwhile, heat oil in a deep pan or a Dutch oven on medium-high
  10. Remove the batter from the refrigerator and drop a tablespoon of batter into the hot oil.
  11. Add more batter to the hot oil spoon by spoon with enough space in between.
  12. Allow them to fry for 2 minutes per side until golden brown.
  13. Transfer the fried hush puppies to a plate lined with a paper towel using a slotted spoon.
  14. Use the entire batter to fry more hush puppies or store the batter for later use.

Baked Hush Puppies with Jiffy Mix

Alternatively, if you want to avoid using any oil, try baking the hush puppies. Divide the batter into greased muffin cups of the tray and then bake in a preheated oven until their surface turns golden brown.

The prepared batter can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for about 2 days. For convenience keep it ready in your refrigerator and fry whenever needed.

Conclusion

How the simplest blend of ingredients can guarantee such an earthly and filling flavor, amazes you when you try Hush puppies. Now that we know how to make hush puppies with jiffy mix, the basic recipe seems to be quite simple and easy. 

Mix, blend, and fry, with three simple steps you can enjoy a super delicious and nourishing cornmeal puff anytime at home. It is great for children since they all enjoy mild corn flavor and the addition of egg and milk make this recipe ultra-healthy. With minimum preparation time and lesser cooking efforts, these Hush puppies are must to try for everyone.

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Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis is a frelance writer and foodie based in Portland, California. Though raised on her mother's homestyle Italian cooking, she has spent most of the last five years traveling and immersing herself in other countries' cuisines. Her work have been published in various publications, both online and offline.

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